May 2014

Counting Sheep by Philip Walling

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26 May, 2014 - 19:09 | Sue Blacker

I saw a review of this book in a newspaper (probably The Times) and thought it might be interesting and I was right!  The publishers kindly sent me a review copy and, unlike a standard reviewer, I have read it from cover to cover.  I really like this book and recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about sheep and their relationship with us over time and across the land - it is accessibly and entertainingly written while still putting over a great deal of information in a usefully structured way.

Elegance: a sneak preview!

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17 May, 2014 - 14:37 | Sue Blacker

Here it is!  This is a blend of Falkland Islands Corriedale/Merino pure white wool with 20% British alpaca, added to smooth the handle even more, slightly reduce the bulk of a woollen spun yarn and to add the natural colours.  We are starting with 4-ply and DK and in five shades: pure White, Silver, Pewter, Spice and Nutmeg.

The yarn is priced between our Blacker Classic  (£4) and Blacker Swan (£8.50) at an attractive £6.50 per 50g ball.  We are sending it out to magazines and designers at present and it will soon be available at as well ...

Just a lovely spring day! May Bank Holiday weekend

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17 May, 2014 - 14:27 | Sue Blacker

This is scrub oak, the main vegetation on the steep river valleys of the Cornish ria coastline, looking down from the Hall Walk between Fowey and Polruan.  I love the twists and contrasts and feel a knitting design coming on!   It was a perfect day for a walk: no flies and no mud!

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